The BBC believes that you should only use its online services through the proprietary software of one of its preferred technology companies. As a result of this, you can no longer use iplayer-dl/iPlayer Downloader.
When the wise man points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger––attributed to Confucius
After using some fenugreek in the curry I cooked this evening, I was left wondering about its etymology.
I’ve been programming in Ruby for a long time—since 2002 or so, I think—and I’ve been doing it professionally for six or seven years. And I’ve enjoyed it, mostly. More recently, though, I’ve lost some of that joy, and I’ve been trying to work out why.
(‘Let them watch Flash’, after the phrase often misattributed to Marie Antoinette.)
I’ve been waiting to tell the story of how a raging white van driver ran into me from behind and destroyed my bicycle. Now that everything is sorted out, I can.
Flash is just another legacy media player following the slow decline towards irrelevance.
This fish curry doesn’t belong to any particular regional cuisine. It’s just what I threw together tonight, and it came out rather well.
Executive summary: some road painters paint lines on the road as contracted.
Korean pickled food is amazing stuff. It’s a technique that can take something as boring as cabbage and turn it into a piquant, invigorating delicacy. And it’s easy to make at home.
It’s fairly simple to extract the data from a JSONP callback in a reliable, repeatable way once you know how. Here’s how.
I ended up cycling on one of the new Cycle Superhighways last weekend. I’m not really convinced of how useful they actually are.
You know those tick boxes on websites? The ones that you just have to click that say something like ‘I have read and understood the terms and conditions’? It turns out that they’re a load of old rubbish.
The protocol used to enable secure shopping and banking on the internet can also be used to restrict your freedom to choose the hardware and software you use to connect. In fact, it’s already happening.
Earlier this year, on 16th March 2010, Greenland Pier was precipitately and unexpectedly closed to passengers, inconveniencing Rotherhithe residents who rely on the Thames Clipper service to get to work.
I booked a flight with EasyJet a few months ago. I created an account, and, as is my habit, used an automatically generated password consisting of words and punctuation.
I didn’t write anything about the election while it was happening, but now that it’s all settled, I’ve got some thoughts on the matter.
RubyGems can update itself to the latest version:
The enormous lorries used by construction projects are probably the biggest threats to cyclists on London’s streets. The drivers of these vehicles have limited visibility of other road users (when they are even paying attention), and some of the lorries are classified in a way that makes them exempt from safety legislation.
They gave up on electoral reform and the composition of the House of Lords. They abandoned the rise in tax on cider. But the government is determined to ram its awful Digital Economy Bill through into statute in the last few days of this parliament.
In series 1, episode 3 of South Park, the boys go on a hunting trip with Stan’s uncle Jimbo:
The various iPlayer implementations use an XML service to find the stream location. This service is found at:
I took a bus home the other day. The newer London buses have computerised displays and audible announcements of the route and upcoming stops (in that slightly odd glued-together way where the intonation doesn’t quite match up):
Or, how ombudsman is my favourite Swedish loanword.
I’ve never really used an iPhone or iPod touch (they share the same OS, although only the former has the telephony part) before now. I picked up a second hand iPod touch yesterday to assist me with my iPlayer hacking, and it’s given me the first chance to experience the user interface in any depth.
Short answer: because car drivers are arseholes.
Do you care about old sea forts?
The Digital Economy Bill factsheet on Online Infringement of Copyright: Libraries, Universities and Wi-Fi Providers [PDF] (context) raises some serious questions about the legislative competence and technical expertise of the people drafting the Digital Economy Bill. It also describes a bleak future for public access networks.
Which political party is the wackiest?
As a general principle, I don’t like comments in source code. It’s not that I consider them onerous to write, I just don’t think that they’re very useful, for three reasons:
I tied together a couple of RubyGem irritations and an idea tonight.
This is a quick bugfix post that might help someone else.